What if you could choose your heaven now? Go on a celestial shopping trip of sorts? Thirty-five-year-old Vivienne does just that, as she lies dying in the ICU; a fatal walk into the path of a truck. In her final week of life, Vivienne treks through the Heavens of a priest, a best friend, a homeless child, and a lover who never was. Vivienne’s guardian angel, Noah, who may just be her soul mate, escorts her through selections of Heavens and through the confusion Vivienne experiences as she flounders between a doubt of life and the certainty of death. Although her visits to varied afterlives provide peace and beauty, choosing proves not so easy: Vivienne’s love for her young son and her earthly father pull her from her colorful journey—and from her divine love of Noah.
The nature of love, the variety and magic of life, unending hope, and the importance of saying goodbye are central to this uplifting tale.
I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
Vivienne Marshall is so busy texting while walking that when she comes to a crosswalk, she doesn’t stop and steps in front of a truck. Suddenly, her life is changed forever. She finds herself in a beautiful park where Noah, her first love and her guardian angel, greets her. She learns that she needs to choose her Heaven because she is dying.
The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall is an imaginative and hopeful way of looking at life after death. I love the idea of being able to choose your own Heaven. But more than that, it’s heartbreaking yet heartwarming. The descriptions were excellent.
I liked the characters but for some reason, I had difficulty connecting with Vivienne, maybe because the story seemed a bit disjointed. I loved everything about her nurse Marty: his personality, his stories, and the way he approached his position.
The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall is thought-provoking and has a unique concept.
About the Author
Shannon Kirk is the awarding-winning author of the international bestselling Method 15/33 (psychological thriller–bestseller in Colombia and Spain, will be lead title in Italy, 2017) and Heavens (Literary Fiction). Method 15/33 has received multiple accolades: 2015 Foreword Review Book of the Year (Suspense); Winner of 2015 National Indie Excellence Award, Best Suspense; 2015 USA Best Book Finalist; School Library Journal’s Best Adult Books for Teens (2015); and Finalist in 2013 William Faulkner William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition (when a Novella). Method 15/33 is optioned for a major motion film and has sold to nineteen foreign rights.
When not writing, she is a practicing lawyer, residing on Massachusett’s Cape Ann with her husband and son and two cat writing accomplices, Marvin Marquez (in honor of Gabriel Garcia Marquez) and Stewie Poe (Edgar Allen Poe).
Shannon enjoys writing in several genres: literary fiction, psychological thriller, young adult, and poetry. She has been honored three times by the William Faulkner William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.
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